What a scam at the tax payers expense!!!
It would appear upon further investigation, 90% of President Barack Obama’s travel has been in part political and campaigning. However, because Obama does a little official business along the way, We the People get to foot the bill. What a bunch of bunk and not just because Obama is doing it; however, as stated by the Lonely Conservative, Obama just seems to take the abuse to new levels.
Since returning from vacation in Hawaii Jan. 4, Obama has embarked on 25 domestic trips involving use of Air Force One. Of the total, 22 have involved either a fundraiser, travel to a presidential battleground state, or both.
Obama has traveled to 2012 campaign battleground states 16 times, hitting key states like Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Michgan and Wisconsin and landing multiple times in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, electoral vote-rich states he needs to win.
Of the 11 excursions Obama has made that included a fundraiser, nine have also featured an “official” event, which helps the Obama campaign stick more of the bill to taxpayers. While it is impossible to prove that the official events were solely created to defray campaign travel costs, it is widely assumed that this White House and those that preceded it map official travel at least in part to mitigate the cost of jetting around the country to raise money and campaign.
The most egregious of these kinds of voyages appears to have occurred on April 27, when Obama and the first lady jetted to Chicago to tape the Oprah Winfrey show, and then the president flew on to New York for fundraisers. Mrs. Obama flew directly back to Washington, creating an expense for taxpayers instead of for Mrs. Winfrey, who presumably could have flown to the White House to tape the interview.
Sorry, but whether there is a Democrat or Republican in the White House, Air Force One and the American tax payers should not be exploited by any President. The American public should not have to pay for any President doing fundraisers. Why can’t it be like any corporate expense account, it should be determined what percentage of the trip was actual official business and what was fund raiser or bolstering a candidate. What ever is deemed partisan political campaigning must be repaid by the Democrat or Republican campaign fund. PERIOD!